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Best Law School Study Group Games

By George Khoury, Esq. | Last updated on

For most law school students, reading cases and black letter law and treatises can lead to falling asleep. It's not that cases and statutes are inherently boring, it's just that, well, after reading the millionth case, they're boring.

Fortunately, if you have a good study group, you may be able to liven up your study sessions by introducing some fun study group games. Doing so can help make your own studying a bit more entertaining as you think about your next study group's meeting.

Below are three excellent law school study group games that will make you laugh, while helping you learn like you've never learned before.

Case Law Charades

The better you know your case law, the better you'll be at issue spotting, and the more you'll be able to write come exam time. One way to get to know the case law intimately is by playing Caselaw Charades. This works in the exact same way as normal charades but instead of using a famous person or movie or phrase, you act out case law.

If you've never played charades, the idea is that one person acts out a case (or person, phrase, movie, etc...) without speaking, while a teammate or others guess. When someone gets it right, they get a point. Normally, it is a team game, but you can use alternative scoring methods, such as both the actor and guesser both get a point if the case is guessed correctly.

Case Law Pictionary

Just like case law charades, case law Pictionary uses the same basic rules of classic Pictionary, but instead of being asked to draw objects or common actions, your task is to illustrate a case (without talking or writing words), while your teammate or others guess which case you're drawing. Just like charades, but with pictures. Again, while this is normally a team game, you can find alternative ways to keep score so that odd numbered, or smaller, groups can play.

Flash Card Challenge

The above two games might not be as educational as just sitting down and grinding through some flashcards, but they are certainly more fun and a guaranteed barrel of laughs. 

But if you're in a study group that loves flashcards, consider competing with each other with flash card challenges. Swap flashcards with another member, and quiz each other using someone else's flashcards. Keep score by counting how many each person gets wrong, then in the end, the person with the highest score loses.

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